Living alone or with your spouse and living with a family that comprises kids are polar opposite situations. With changes in life and more people adding to it, we also need to change the way our homes look, function and feel.
A lot of people believe that when kids enter our lives, we have to say goodbye to trendy clean homes and look forward to a safer one instead. But that needn’t be the case always. With a little flexibility and creativity, you can do wonders in creating the perfect home for your family to live in. Indeed, your house is going to look a bit different once the kids come in, but that doesn’t have to mean that it can’t look trendy. You just have to find the right balance between beauty and functionality.
If you are finding ways to make your home family-friendly and safer for kids, yet look chic and welcoming then we have some good ideas for you! Here are a few things to keep in mind when designing your house in a family-friendly way:
- Say No To High-Maintenance Fabrics
Fabrics are a great way to elevate the aesthetics of your house but it also is super difficult to maintain them. For example, silk and satin are difficult to wash and require special care. Before you choose the fabric for your upholstery, we suggest you do a bit of research. Before purchasing a fabric, check if they are stain-resistant, easily washable, shed a lot of colours, resistant to snags etc. when choosing the fabric for sofas and couches, lean towards leather and microfiber as they are high-performing fabrics and are tightly knit. Polyester is the most long-lasting and durable fabric. It is a good choice as this fabric is made of natural fibres such as cotton, which is comforting in nature
- Don’t Add Too Many Rugs
Rugs are difficult to clean and require a wash very often. Hence, place rugs only in places that too not see a lot of traffic. This lessens the chances of it getting dirty too often.
- Create Space For Kids Activities
Leave the floor empty and dedicate space in common rooms for various activities for kids, such as colouring, lego-making etc. This way you can keep eyes on the kids and also do your chores simultaneously.
- Pick Tables With Textures That Are Easily Wipeable
Kids take time to learn table manners. They also spend most of their time on it drawing, studying or doing other crafts. When choosing a dining room table, pick the one with an easily cleanable surface such as glass and marble. It is easy to wipe off pen and marker marks, spills, glue stray and messy meals. Dining room chairs can have food spilled on them too, so get the ones who aren’t a hassle when cleaning.
- Don’t Include Too Many Furniture
Furniture accumulates dust quickly and requires cleaning often. Missing out on doing so can lead to a lot of allergies and infection. That is the last thing you’ll want in a house with kids. Hence, include minimal furniture in your house; only the required ones. Also, when picking out furniture, choose adaptable and moveable furniture as it is a good way to create space whenever required.
- Say Yes To Storage Facilities
Increase in family members will require you to increase storage facilities at your place. Add drawers and cupboards at spaces that don’t see a lot of gathering. Also, don’t forget to add locks to drawers that are within the reach of kids. Children are inquisitive beings and like to explore. They are likely to try opening the drawers and even disrupt it. It’s better to keep the things in the lock if you don’t want them to get messed up.
- Pick Durable Furniture
When picking out furniture, choose the ones that look good and also have high durability. Kids love playing, and if you don’t want to buy new furniture regularly, picking the ones that don’t break easily is a must. Sometimes, furniture with a great appeal cannot bear dents. This can turn out to be heavy on your pocket. Vintage furniture has an aesthetic appeal and a few dents only add to its charm. If you must, then invest in them.
- Stay Away From Open Shelves
If you don’t want to spend half your day cleaning the mess and dusting, then stay away from open shelves. While they look good in your living room, they are also high maintenance. Open shelves are a hotspot of adventure for kids, so maybe you’d want to place them in a room where kids don’t often pay a visit. However, if you really want to add open shelves in your furniture collection, then choose an elevated one.
- Customize your storage
Don’t shy away from getting artsy. Let your creative juices flow and make your own storage facility. Use cardboard boxes from deliveries and customize them to make an unusual storage space. Pegboard walls are a great way to store toys and even flaunt your kids drawing.
- Replace your queen-size bed
Your family is getting bigger. It’s time to switch your queen-sized bed with a king-size bed. You surely shouldn’t miss out on bedtime fun with kids and Sunday morning snuggles. Moreover, there should always be space for your kids in your bed. You never know when they have a bad dream and want their momma around.
- Include Velvet
Velvet is luxurious-looking fabric and also kids-friendly. They can’t be damaged easily and add a chic appeal even to the most inexpensive furnishings. They don’t snag like other fabric and are high in durability.
- Art is a Great Addition
Paintings and wall-hangings are a great way to pep up the look of your home. When shopping for art, don’t just choose the ones that are suitable for kids. But also stay away from explicit ones. Find a balance and go for beautiful ones that add glam and colour to your living room.
These are few ways to ramp up the look of your house while also making a suitable space for kids to stay. While the above-mentioned points can help, don’t shy away from experimenting and creating. Remember, it’s your house and you can design it however you want.